Last Night Blow Out: Poetry, Music and Tales, Abergavenny Writing Festival
The final night of the Aber Writing Fest will kick off with novelist Tyler Keevil and his musician brother Jonathan Keevil performing a dramatized reading with music. Next up poet Giles L. Turnbull will share his work followed by Seren poet and musician Rhian Edwards, known for her dazzling performance style.
Tyler Keevil is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and short story author from Vancouver; his brother Jonathan Keevil is a musician and filmmaker who composed the soundtrack for the indie hit film Bellflower. To celebrate the UK launch of Tyler’s new novel, No Good Brother (HarperCollins, 2018), the two brothers are touring a performance centred around the novel. The story is a rip-roaring tale of ‘loyalty, love, danger and family’ – and the event blends music, dramatized readings, and discussion of the book’s creation, in a rollicking and entertaining literary event.
Giles L. Turnbull is a blind poet living in south Wales. His poetry and articles have appeared with Fair Acre Press, Corncrake, Acumen, Poetry Wales, Algebra of Owls and Sabotage, and in anthologies by Disability Arts Cymru, Three Drops from a Cauldron, and Nine Arches Press. His poem, ‘Pooh Sticks’, was shortlisted in the 2016 Live Canon International Poetry Competition and he was shortlisted in the Bridport Prize in 2017. His debut pamphlet, Dressing Up, is available from Cinnamon Press.
Rhian Edwards is a multi-award winning poet and musician, who has delivered over 400 stage, radio and festival performances worldwide. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren) won Wales Book of the Year 2013, the Roland Mathias Prize for Poetry 2013 and Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice 2013. Her pamphlet of poems Parade the Fib (Tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Rhian’s illustrated pamphlet of poems Brood (Seren) was published in May 2017. Rhian is also the current winner of the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, winning both the Judges and Audience award. Rhian’s poems have appeared in The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, New Statesman, Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Arete, Prague Revue, the London Magazine, Stand, Planet, New Welsh Review and the Lampeter Review. Rhian lives in South Wales with her daughter Megan.
See the full Abergavenny Writing Festival programme on the festival website.